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Online Assessment and Final Reflexions

Chapelle-Douglas (2006) talks about the importance of technology in language assessment and its future. It is explained that developing assessment is important because this will help students develop strategies for self-assessment. However, teachers need to be aware on how to evaluate an assessment to ensure proper validity and reliability. Teachers can develop their own assessments to reflect the materials that were taught in class. In my opinion, schools need to invest not only in technology, but also in training so that teachers can receive proper training to take advantage of the available technology. There are many factors to consider not only about the development of assessments but of the use of Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) in general. In this context, how do you think the cost of technology affects computer-assessment development? How do you think the cost of technology affects CALL in general? Do the school systems offer adequate training to teachers to fully take advantage of available technology for teaching and assessment? Finally, can you give your insight about CALL and its importance?

Lorenzo Manzano


Apr. 16th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
Currently the ESL/IEP department is installing a computer lab for its new TA training program. I know the software alone will cost several tens of thousand dollars. In addition, there is the hardware, the installation, the wiring and all the other things that Sal mentioned as added costs. The department is very aware that they are fortunate to have such accommodation for it students. As far as the progress and development of CALL in general, I don’t think the cost of technology is an issue for its growth. There is plenty of academic access to CALL and there are major and minor findings for its use and application. However, there is the issue of digital divide where there are many without access to the technology because of economic reasons, even in our own country. Should those without be further penalize by lack of technology? Many politicians talk about giving every child, every home an access to a computer and the internet. Is this possible in the near future?
In language learning, I believe CALL will play an important role in enabling students to have access to resources that they would not have otherwise, especially in distance learning. It is important for teachers to have positive attitude toward technology and to be able apply its use in their classroom and beyond. According to Kessler (2006), most language teaching professionals are comfortable using technology but there are aspects that require further development that they should be aware of. In addition, he recommends that CALL components should be integrated into all language teaching masters program as well as have the universities offer CALL preparation to those teachers who did not have it in their program. I think CALL has become an important part in language teaching and in the future, it will become an integral part.


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